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  • Students

    The Waterloo Regional Campus (WRC) was established in 2007 with an inaugural class of 15 undergraduate MD students. The annual intake has since grown to 28 undergraduate MD students and 27 postgraduate residents.

    As part of the downtown Kitchener Health Science Campus of the University of Waterloo, the WRC is uniquely positioned to encourage an interdisciplinary learning environment for both students and faculty. Students and residents learn from, and are mentored by, a dedicated and growing team of local physicians who serve as part-time faculty members.

  • Living in the Waterloo Region

    The Waterloo-Wellington Region is a combination of several cities and many rural communities. Due to the growing technology sector, Waterloo Region is also one of the fastest growing regions in the country. Whether or not you choose to make the Waterloo Region your home, between Medical Foundations and Clerkship, you will get to know these communities well:

    Kitchener-Waterloo
    The twin cities of Kitchener-Waterloo, known locally as K-W, have large city amenities with a small town flavour. The area is steeped in Mennonite culture with one of the best farmers’ markets in the province. A culturally diverse community, K-W has world-renowned educational and research institutes, a booming technology sector, lots of green space to balance its urban growth, and a never-ending list of things to do.

    Cambridge
    The City of Cambridge is strategically located astride highway 401 in southwestern Ontario, part of Canada's Technology Triangle. With a multicultural mix and a strong foundation of support services, Cambridge has a diverse economic base.

    Guelph
    Known as the “Royal City”, Guelph is considered to be one of the first planned towns in Canada. It is has also been considered Canada’s “safest” city and one of the top ten cities to live in Canada. Guelph is the largest city in Wellington County and a big part of WRC’s educational training capacity.

    Surrounding Rural Communities: North Wellington, Fergus, North Dumfries, Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich

    Thriving areas of working farms, historic villages and small businesses, including the historic St. Jacob’s Farmers’ Market, the largest outdoor market in Canada. Many points in the area have easy access off the 401 which lead to beautiful rural rolling hills, conservation area hiking and a range of farm gate experiences. The villages provide respite to the traveler with opportunities to rest, relax and enjoy specialty retail.

    To learn more about what these regions offer, visit Explore Waterloo Region and Discover Wellington County online. These websites are your starting point to discovering an amazing region of Ontario.

  • Transportation

    The Waterloo Regional Campus is easily accessible via local transit (GRT), Greyhound, GO Transit, VIA Rail, and ION Light Rail.

    However, owning or having access to a vehicle can be beneficial for the students' experience at all three McMaster campuses. Tutorials or clinical skills are often held across the city or even in another town/city, which may be difficult to ​reach by public transportation. In the earlier Medical Foundations, car-pooling is a possibility but once you begin Clerkship (November of year two) you may find yourself in a variety of different locations.

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